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HWA Poetry Showcase IX Table of Contents

HWA Poetry Showcase IX Table of Contents


“To Hear the Call” by Stephanie M. Wytovich
“spoon against bone” by Geneve Flynn
“The Koiy Factory” by Naomi Simone Borwein
“Birthpangs, Deathpangs” by Mary A. Turzillo
“FACE OFF” by Christina Sng
“A THOUSAND MILES FROM HERE” by Alessandro Manzetti
“Reasons Why You Can’t Go Out to Play Alone” by Victoria Nations
“The Science of Last Things” by K. H. Vaughan
“conflagration” by Cassondra Windwalker
“One Eye, Two Eyes” by Jacqueline West
“A Lacing of Lavender” by Carina Bissett
“Something to Know About the Wind At the Cliff House” by Hillary Dodge

Congratulations to all the poets who were selected for the annual HWA Poetry Showcase IX

Congratulations Poets! by Angela Yuriko Smith

Congratulations to all the poets who were selected for the annual HWA Poetry Showcase IX, especially our featured poets Stephanie M. Wytovich, Geneve Flynn and Naomi Simone Borwein. It was difficult to choose just 50 poems when well over 200 poetry submissions came in this year. I’m grateful for fellow judges Lee Murray, Maxwell I. Gold and Frances Pai for helping me to read all of these and make the hard decisions. 

A big thank you to HWA John Palisano for showing support for dark poetry and poets by not only doubling the

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) Announces The Release of its Next Publication: The HWA Poetry Showcase, Volume IX


The Horror Writers Association presents its ninth annual poetry showcase featuring a selection of the best original dark poetry from the past year. Edited by Angela Yuriko Smith with judges Lee Murray, Maxwell I. Gold and Frances Lu Pai Ippolito, this year features Stephanie M. Wytovich, Geneve Flynn, and Naomi Simone Borwein as our featured poets. Cover artwork by Kyra Starr.

Appreciation to HWA President John Palisano for doubling the payment to poets and awarding poets both payment and a contributor copy instead of poets choosing between two options. The artwork for this year’s cover pays tribute to

Women in Horror: Interview with Marge Simon

Marge Simon lives in Ocala, FL, City of Trees with her husband, poet/writer Bruce Boston and the ghosts of two cats. She edits a column for the HWA Newsletter, Blood & Spades: Poets of the Dark Side. Marge’s works have appeared in Pedestal Magazine, Asimov’s, Crannog, Silver Blade. New Myths, Daily Science Fiction, more. She attends the ICFA annually as a guest poet/writer and is a founding member of the Speculative Literary Foundation. A multiple Bram Stoker award winner, Marge is the second woman to be acknowledged by the SF &F Poetry Association with a Grand Master Award. She received …

Halloween Haunts: The Last Night of October by Marge Simon

Halloween Haunts: The Last Night of October by Marge Simon

Simon_pumpkinThe Last Night of October


The last night of October

is one of crickets,

loud and soft, blending

with a yellow gray sky,

a chill wind rising,


while down the street

children in costume

parade from house to house.

But ours is dark.


A door slams.

My wife’s thin face,

distorted with hate,

breath stinking of gin,

that shy pretty girl

I took to the altar

so many years ago,

out she goes to the car.


(about the brakes –

I’d fixed them just for her)


She revs it up, and charges

into the rush …

Unearthly Delights

by Marge Simon

Hi, folks! Marge Simon here. I’m your current Chair of the Board of Trustees, and I have edited a column on Dark Poetry for the HWA NL since the late 90’s. My interest in HWA started when I began attending the World Horror Cons. I loved the folks I met and was thrilled with the panels, the guests of honor, and the displaying artists’ works. After about four eventful conventions, I decided to join. Soon enough, I volunteered to be Membership Chair and held that for about four years. My feelings about the good people in HWA …

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